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Pearls of the Deep (1965)

Perlicky na dne (original title)
Set against the backdrop of a repressed Czechoslovakia, five non-related vignettes are presented, each showcasing the need and want for human connection. In "Mr. Baltazar's Death", a middle... See full summary »

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Vera Chytilová (segment), Bohumil Hrabal (short stories) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pavla Marsálková Pavla Marsálková ... Matka (segment "Smrt pana Baltazara")
Ferdinand Kruta ... Otec (segment "Smrt pana Baltazara")
Alois Vachek Alois Vachek ... Mrzák (segment "Smrt pana Baltazara")
Emil Iserle Emil Iserle ... Stryc (segment "Smrt pana Baltazara")
Miroslav Nohýnek ... Chlapec (segment "smrt pana baltazara")
Vlasta Spánková Vlasta Spánková ... Dívka (segment "Smrt pana Baltazara")
Jirí Menzel ... Bicyclist (segment "Smrt pana Baltazara")
Milos Ctrnacty Milos Ctrnacty ... Zpevák (segment "Podvodníci")
Frantisek Havel Frantisek Havel ... Novinár (segment "Podvodníci")
Josef Hejl Josef Hejl ... Holic (segment "Podvodníci")
Jan Vasák Jan Vasák ... Zrizenec (segment "Podvodníci")
Jirí Reichl Jirí Reichl ... Boy with fracture (segment "Podvodníci")
Josefa Pechlatová Josefa Pechlatová ... Matka (segment "Dum radosti")
Václav Zák Václav Zák ... Malír (segment "Dum radosti")
Ivan Vyskocil Ivan Vyskocil ... Uredník (segment "Dum radosti")
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Set against the backdrop of a repressed Czechoslovakia, five non-related vignettes are presented, each showcasing the need and want for human connection. In "Mr. Baltazar's Death", a middle aged couple who are experts at mechanics, travel to a motorcycle race where they congregate with the masses on the section of the course where historically there has been the most action of the destructive kind. In "Imposters", two elderly hospital patients talk about their past professional glories as a journalist and light opera star respectively. Each man wants to hear about the other more than tell his own story for good reason. In "The House of Joy", two national insurance agents believe they have an easy sale when they visit an elderly goat farmer/amateur painter, who uses whatever surface as his canvass, and paints his life and his dreams. But the sale will not be as easy as the men first believe it will be. In "The Restaurant the World", a wedding reception is taking place in one part of a ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

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Czech | Romany | English

Release Date:

7 January 1966 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

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Pearls on the Ground See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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References Fanfan la Tulipe (1952) See more »

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Zdvorilý Woody
Music by Jirí Slitr, lyrics by Jirí Suchý
Performed by Karel Gott
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Mediocre portmanteau
10 September 2005 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Portmanteau or omnibus films were really popular for the auteurs of the 1960s, but none of them have really lasted in the cinematic memory, have they? There's only one that I've seen that I've loved, Spirits of the Dead, the Edgar Allen Poe film by Vadim, Malle and Fellini. Sure, there are some really good segments that have been made. Pasolini's La Ricotta from Rogopag is especially excellent. But the way these films can vary in quality is what makes them generally so forgettable. Pearls of the Deep, a portmanteau from the Czech New Wave, unfortunately only varies from decent to terrible. Two segments are watchable, those by Menzel and Jires. Jires' is the best of the bunch, about a young man who falls for a gypsy girl, but even it is only tolerable. Chytilová's segment was boring at first, but then she creates this visually lovely scene where a bride in her flowing veil walks around in slow motion. It's the best sequence in the entire film, even if the rest of this short is forgettable. The shorts by Nemec and Schorm are rather pointless. All in all, worth skipping, especially as the Facets DVD is, as is usual for them, godawful.


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